The Editorial Beginnings of the First Chemical Journal

  • Anna Gielas University of St Andrews


The academic journal is a central instrument of scholars and scientists alike, yet we know surprisingly little about its historical development. This paper focuses on the foundation of the first scientific journal devoted solely to chemistry. It introduces the editorial strategies and policies behind the periodical, and briefly describes the role it played in the process of establishing chemical knowledge during the last decades of the eighteenth century. More generally, it sheds light on the socio-cultural identity of the editor located between the two professionalising fields of science and journalism and the epistemological consequences of his editorial work.

Author Biography

Anna Gielas, University of St Andrews

Anna Gielas is a PhD Candidate in the History of Science at the University of St Andrews and a visiting student at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She focuses on the history of science journals in England and the German lands, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

How to Cite
Gielas, Anna. 2016. “The Editorial Beginnings of the First Chemical Journal”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 23 (December).